Dr. Kent Vanderslice is located at The Chiropractic Center of Marietta, 1135 S Marietta Pkwy SE, Marietta, Georgia 30060. He specializes in pediatric care however his care is focused on the whole family. Dr. Kent Vanderslice graduated with honors from Life University of Marietta, Georgia, and he is a fellow of the International Pediatric Chiropractic Association. Dr. Vanderslice is a member of the American Chiropractic Association, Georgia Chiropractic Association, International Pediatric Association and the Christian Chiropractic Association. He has been practicing Chiropractic since 1998 serving the Marietta, Roswell and Dallas communities.
You can contact me via email at G-mail or Yahoo or at drv@drvanderslice.com. If you prefer to call, just call my office to speak with someone to book your free consultation with me at 770-422-9288

This Fall Yard Work Saftey Tips

Yardwork Safety


Before you rev up the lawnmower or reach for your rake this fall, the American Chiropractic Association (ACA) cautions you to consider the possible consequences: upper or lower back strain, neck strain and pain in the shoulders.

Just as playing football or golf can injure your body, the twisting, turning, bending and reaching of mowing and raking can also cause injury if your body is unprepared. Like an athlete, if you leap into something without warming up or knowing how to do it properly, the chances of injury increase. To prevent unnecessary strain and pain, consider these simple tips before you get started:

  • Wear supportive shoes. Good foot and arch support can prevent some back strain.
  • Stand as straight as possible, and keep your head up as you rake or mow.
  • When it’s still warm outside, avoid the heat. If you’re a morning person, get the work done before 10 a.m. Otherwise, do your chores after 6 p.m.
  • When raking, use a “scissors” stance: right foot forward and left foot back for a few minutes, then reverse, putting your left foot forward and right foot back.
  • Bend at the knees, not the waist, as you pick up yard equipment or piles of leaves or grass from the grass catcher. Make the piles small to decrease the possibility of back strain.
  • Wear a hat, shoes and protective glasses. To avoid blisters, try wearing gloves. If you have asthma or allergies, wear a mask.
  • Drink lots of water before and after your work.

Tips on Using Outdoor Equipment

The equipment available today for lawn and leaf management can turn the average homeowner into a lawn specialist overnight. But the use of weed trimmers, leaf blowers and hedge clippers also has sent many aspiring landscapers to the office of their local doctor of chiropractic.

ACA cautions that using this equipment can result in back and neck pain, as well as more serious muscular strains and tears. The repetitive motion that your body undergoes when using such equipment can create a host of mechanical problems within the body. It is essential to operate your equipment properly. If you do not, the pounding your body endures may be multiplied. The following tips can help you safely enjoy a productive day in the yard:

  • Regardless of what piece of equipment you use, make sure it has a strap and that you use it. Place the strap over your head on the shoulder opposite the side of your body from the device. This will help normalize your center of gravity.
  • Be sure to switch the side on which you operate the equipment as often as possible, and to balance the muscles being used, alternate your stance and motion frequently.
  • Try ergonomic tools. They’re engineered to protect you when used properly.
  • When mowing, use your whole body weight to push the mower, rather than just your arms and back.
  • If your mower has a pull cord, don’t twist at the waist or yank the cord. Instead, bend at the knees and pull in one smooth motion.
  • Take frequent breaks from the activity of the day. Muscle fatigue may be felt when using any of these devices for an extended period of time.
  • If your equipment is loud, wear hearing protection.

Simple Stretches

While it is critical to operate yard equipment safely, it is equally important to prepare your body for the work you are about to do. To help avoid injury, be sure to include a warm-up/cool-down period that involves stretching. Breathe in and out slowly throughout each stretching exercise until the muscle is stretched to its furthest point. At that point, hold your breath in; when you relax, breathe out. Stretch gently and smoothly. Do not bounce or jerk your body in any way and stretch as far as you can comfortably. You should not feel pain. Get the most out of the time you spend in the yard with these stretches:

  • Stand up and prop your heel on a back door step or stool with your knee slightly bent. Bend forward until you feel a slight pull at the back of the thigh, called the hamstring. You may need to stabilize yourself by holding on to a garage door handle or sturdy tree branch. Hold the position for 20 seconds, then relax. Do it once more, and then repeat with the other leg.
  • Stand up and put your right hand against a wall or other stable surface. Bend your left knee and grab your ankle with your left hand. Pull your heel toward your buttocks to stretch your quadriceps muscles at the front of your thigh. Hold that position for 20 seconds, relax and do it again. Repeat with the other leg.
  • Weave your fingers together above your head with your palms up. Lean to one side for 10 seconds to stretch the side of your upper body, then reverse. Repeat two or three times.
  • “Hug your best friend”- Wrap your arms around yourself after letting your breath out and rotate to one side as far as you can go. Hold for 10 seconds; then reverse. Repeat two or three times.

Chiropractic Care Can Help

If you experience pain or discomfort following yard work, contact Dr. Vanderslice. He is a chiropractor and is trained and licensed to treat the musculoskeletal system and can also help you lead a healthier life by focusing on wellness and prevention.

» For more information on prevention and wellness, or to make an appointment call him at The Chiropractic Center of Marietta at 770-422-9288 today.

A Great Fall Dinner | Chicken Pie

~this recipe can serve up to 6~

2lbs boneless skinless chicken breast
1 lg carrot
… 1 celery stalk
1/2 of large white onion
5 T spoons of butter
1/4 C of whole wheat flour
2 C chicken broth
1 C of Rice milk
Salt & Pepper to taste
1/4 t Thyme
1 t lemon juice
1/3 C peas
1/2 C green beans

Boil Chicken, dice when done. Bake sweet potatoes (take your fork and poke holes over the potato to keep the skin from breaking) according to their size from 45 minutes to 1 1/2 hour with oven set on 400. You will want to wrap potatoes in foil and put them on to a pan because they will leak. Sute’ celery, carrot and onion with the butter for approximately 5-7 minutes and then add flour and cook for 1 minute on medium to high heat. Slowly add broth and milk stirring constantly. Cook until it thickens and add peas, green beans diced cooked chicken. Add Salt and Pepper to taste then add Thyme and Lemon juice. Cook until chicken an vegetables are heated.

Allow frozen puff pastries sheets to thaw for an hour cut them into shape or size wanted and bake according to package directions.

Enjoy, Dr. V

Quick, Simple, Healthy

Physically Fit 57 year old

Dear Dr. Vanderslice,

I am a vigorous 57 years old with general good health and an active lifestyle. I have been physically active and aerobically fit, all of my adult life, hiking, jogging, biking, playing soccer and racquetball, practicing yoga, etc. occasional weight training and generally considered in excellent shape and physically fit by my friends and acquaintances. However, in the summer of 2003 I began to experience pain in my upper back.

A Nurses Perspective

Dear Dr. Vanderslice

I am writing this letter for two reasons: first to thank you for restoring my health and secondly to endorse your chiropractic services. Please share this letter with others, as you deem appropriate. As you will recall (how could you forget), I came to see you on January 19, 2001. I was not unfamiliar with chiropractic services, having received chiropractic care on a limited basis the year before. However, I was pleasantly surprised at the thoroughness with which you approached my complaints of low and mid back pain and neck pain. I attributed this pain, in part, to my “bionic” hip and to a fall in November. I was impressed; both as a consumer and as a nurse with the thorough history you obtained from me prior to the exam as well as the exam itself. During the course of the exam, you found my blood pressure substantially elevated (180/90). You quite appropriately referred me to my personal physician who encouraged me to follow the treatment plan you had established for me to monitor my blood pressure (which you did at each visit).

The Carpal Tunnel in My Hand…..

Dear Dr. Vanderslice:

When I first began chiropractic care several years ago, it was due to a back injury. At that time my family doctor had given me a prescription for pain killers and muscle relaxants, with orders to spend 2 weeks in bed. Knowing I didn’t want to take time off from work for two weeks and that I would not be a very good bed patient, I decided to see a chiropractor. My decision was further influenced by the education you had been giving me while you were in chiropractic school. My treatment brought immediate relief from the constant pain, and I was able to continue working without pain killers and muscle relaxants. I stayed on my treatment plan to facilitate the healing process.

I sought … neurologist, two orthopedic surgeons, two physical therapists and an acupuncturist.

For the past two years I have lived with intense chronic pain in my lower back. This pain was generated from a displaced sacra-iliac joint – the result of a series of accidental falls I had experienced over the last twenty-five years.

Over the last two year period, I sought professional help from a neurologist, two orthopedic surgeons, two physical therapists and an acupuncturist. All of these professionals were well intended, but not one of them could ease my pain permanently.

A Nurses Eczema and Latex Allergies Gone!

Dear Dr. Vanderslice,

I want to thank you for all you’ve done for me this past year. After suffering from chronic back pain for the past 6 years, I began to accept the fact I would just have to live with it. Being highly skeptical of chiropractic care, it was not an option for me. After much persuasion from my husband, I agreed to see a chiropractor.

After two weeks of treatment with you I felt 110% better. I am back to running 2-3 miles 3 times a week. The difference is remarkable. I never realized how much pain I was living with until it was gone. I stand corrected. I honestly feel chiropractic care has improved my quality of life.

I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis but now…..

Dear Dr. Vanderslice,

I want to thank you for changing my life. Nearly one year ago I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. At thirty seven I was energetic, very active with my three children, happy with my life, my relationships and my faith. Within months all that changed.

I became very angry, depressed and unable to function due to chronic pain, vision loss, balance loss, and extreme fatigue. I gained over thirty pounds. I was on medications and I was giving up on everything in my life including my marriage and faith.

One adustment … I can breath a lot better.

Dear Dr. Vanderslice,

I am writing to thank you for all you have done for me over the last 7-8 months. Going back to work for the first time in 5 years was hard, but being on my feet the entire time has been the hardest. I don’t know how I could’ve made it without my weekly visits to you! Your attention to my neck, feet and wrists have been especially appreciated. I virtually have no more headaches and no more symptoms of Carpal Tunnel! Now, thanks to you, I have very little pain when I wear high heels.

I am 12 years old and….

Dear Dr. Vanderslice,

I am 12 years old and I like chiropractors because they make me feel better when I have a cold or am sick. They make me feel good and get well. If someone wasn’t using chiropractic I would tell them to start because it keeps you from spending lots of money to go to the doctor and take drugs or pulls, which can do more harm then good. And it feels good to be straight and know your bones are aligned. Coming here has helped me feel better and stay healthy. It also helps when I am sick but chiropractic keeps you from getting sick but if you do come down with something they help you get better and get over it.